Coleman’s boot books semi spot


A late penalty kick from Dave Coleman booked Bletchley a place in the semi finals of the Bucks Shield with a narrow 16-15 win over Aylsebury.

Meeting for the second time in as many weeks, Aylesbury kicked themselves into a 3-0 lead after nine minutes before Paul Mellon crashed over the try line for the first try of the afternoon, and putting Bletchley 5-3 in front.

Bletchley almost added another try from the restart, but the final pass of the move was forward and Ryan Cane was denied a try on his return to the first team. The home side then missed a penalty kick at goal and then had to watch as Aylesbury secured possession from the 22 restart to score under the posts. With the conversion successful, the visitors were back in front.

Bletchley squandered several chances to regain the lead before half time, but they were level 11 minutes after the restart when a good pass out to Tim Stobbs allowed the centre to accelerate into space before offloading to Garrett to touch down in the right hand corner of the pitch.

Aylesbury missed another penalty kick at the posts to take the lead and were punished two minutes later, as Bletchley kicked one of their own to lead 13-10.

The lead was short lived as Aylesbury punished a poor kick by the home side as they crossed the line to go 15-13 ahead.

Bletchley threw the kitchen sink at Aylesbury’s defence, but they held firm and showed good discipline at the breakdown.

Eventually something had to give and a penalty in the 43rd minute was slotted home by Coleman to take the lead at 16-15, and book their place in the Shield semi final.